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David Phillips is a leader in global peace-building efforts.

David L. Phillips believes violent conflict is not inevitable. As director of Columbia’s Program on Peace-building and Rights, Phillips’s office is on the Morningside campus, but his real work takes place in trouble spots across the globe.

As several American universities build satellite campuses abroad, largely in the Middle East and Asia, Columbia has taken a different approach.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. (CC’73, Law’76), speaking Feb. 23 at a World Leaders Forum at Columbia, said that the Obama Administration has aggressively investigated the fraud and corruption that fueled the 2008 economic crisis.

Timothy Frye Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

In the late 1980s, Timothy Frye, a recent Middlebury College graduate with a B.A. in Russian language and literature, went for the first time to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, where Mikhail Gorbachev had just come to power.

Director of the Saltzman Institute, Richard Betts

President Barack Obama’s new national defense strategy represents “a move in the right direction and a chance to do more of what we should have done after the Cold War and before the second war against Iraq,” according to Richard Betts, the Arnold A.

North Korea expert Charles Armstrong. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Fourteen years ago, North Korea’s calendar was changed so that time officially began in 1912—the birth year of Kim Il Sung, who ruled the communist nation from its founding in 1948.

Professor David Smiley (second from left) and architecture students, including (from left) Jacob Goren (CC’12), Jin Xiu Chen (BC’12) and John Buonocore (CC’12), visited the Chandigarh College of Architecture, where they learned about the challenges facing this planned city whose population is expected to double in the next 50 years.

Many people visit India to see the Taj Mahal, the majestic mausoleum built by a 17th century emperor as a tribute to his wife.

From left: Shelia Coronel, of the Graduate School of Journalism; Asli Tunc, of the School of Communications at Istanbul Bilgi University; economist and writer Mohamed El Dahshan of Egypt; Jillian York, advocacy director, Electronic Freedom Foundation; and Nelly Nikenjad, founder of the Tehran Bureau

The University launched its sixth 

The eurozone is in trouble. What began as a sovereign debt problem in a few countries has exposed major weaknesses in the euro project. On the face of it, the problem is familiar and resolvable: several governments have borrowed more than they can possibly repay.

Sées Cathedral, exterior, north elevation. (Image credit: Andrew Tallon)

Art history professor Stephen Murray has been lucky enough to spend months at a time snapping pictures of France’s Gothic cathedrals so others interested in these architectural marvels who may not have

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